Now that the a la carte pricing model has been fully proven by the low cost carriers and adopted by the legacies, fees are the new great annoyance in airline travel. Depending on the airline, there are fees for almost every creature comfort including leg room, snacks, early boarding or even water or overhead bin space. It’s enough to make the casual traveler sick with disgust, or at least lose all faith in an industry that was once so great.
The airlines have to do what it takes to survive though, and if that means nickel and diming customers then it’s the price that we have to pay to fly across the country at 600 MPH.
If you’re hell bent on fighting the system though, there are a few loopholes that you can often work to avoid paying part of the fees.